Grandparents are the family’s strong foundation. The grandparents and the grandchildren share a deep and loving relationship. Most grandparents are the greatest storytellers and are the keepers of traditions of the family. They can add a rich sense of family traditions and values in a child.
Grandparents can interact with the child that is removed from the day to day responsibilities of parents. This develops a close bond between them.
They also play the role of the family historian. Telling stories about games or trips they shared when the grandchild’s parents were young is a great way to weave a ‘tapestry’ of shared experiences for the whole family.
For some grandparents, it is a full-time commitment. With both the parents working, the grandparents become the caregiver of the baby. For others, grandparenting maybe a weekend together, a summer vacation or a chat over the phone. From near or far, grandparenting can provide continuity in a child’s life.
Grandparents also teach their grandchildren positive attitudes towards ageing. Spending time with the grandchild, like going for walks or movies or other activities like playing games with them creates a special bond between them. At times, they tend to overindulge their grandchild. The parents should understand that this is quite natural.